Logan Nicholson was the toast of his Wrights Bush team-mates, scoring all of its points in an 18-10 win over hosts Balfour-Lumsden in division two rugby action on Saturday.
Nicholson scored two tries, a conversion and two penalties in an error-ridden early-season encounter that lacked structure and continuity.
Wrights Bush coach said the game was hard fought but marked by untidy ball for both teams, being "typically early-season stuff."
Balfour coach Roger Sutherland agreed, saying country players were a little slower getting their acts together at the start of the season.
"At least the early-season rustiness has given us plenty to address in training next week," Hamilton said.
Sutherland said it would not take long for his team to get back on the right track after more training.
Collegiate manager David McIntosh said it was a luxury to have a big bench of players and two good goal-kickers in Jason McMath and Taka Colati after the city team disposed of visitors Waiau Star by 48-14 at Lindisfarne.
Collegiate effectively deployed big and efficient tight forwards to assist spirited one-off runners to hit ball up on the inside channel and around the fringes.
"Our set piece was the key to our go-ahead ball and winning edge," manager McIntosh said.
The big and well-drilled Collegiate forwards were a handful for the visitors, who found them difficult to contain but they never stopped trying. Collegiate ran in six well-constructed tries and Jason McMath and Taka Colati hardly knew the meaning of missing goal kicks.
Riverton served notice of a productive season when they ran in seven tries against Central-Star in a 45-10 win over the recently merged Central Pirates and Star teams.
Riverton got away to a flying start with a try after five minutes and hardly took the foot off their rivals' throats.
Efficient Riverton forwards served their hungry outsides with a feast of ball that the wings appreciated, co-coach Joel Allen said.
Former North Island acquisition Tim Danyen was an asset to Riverton on the openside flank.
Riverton and Collegiate are looking forward to their third- round clash in Invercargill on Saturday to provide a better idea of where both teams are at.
The unbeaten units already look competition heavyweights on early-season form.
- The Southland Times